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Car and Driver: Start with Hell, Add More Hell: Hennessey Announces 1032-hp HPE1000 Hellcat Twins


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Hennessey HPE1000 Dodge Challenger

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Years and years ago, we knew this local jazz fusion drummer. He played with a group that did a 15-minute rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Buff the mind’s eyeball with that and tell us that they weren’t right in calling such an abomination “Whole Lotta Hell.” Thankfully, John Hennessey’s idea of what a whole lotta hell might look like is significantly more engaging than a bunch of jazzoids defiling the Mighty Zep. Welcome, won’t you, the Hennessey HPE1000 Charger and Challenger Hellcat!

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Hennessey HPE1000 Dodge Charger

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Because 707 horsepower courtesy of Ma Mopar’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 simply is not enough, Hennessey bolts on a pair of turbochargers. Note that this is not in lieu of the blower atop the engine—the turbos are there to add additional boost. The at-the-crank result is 1032 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 987 lb-ft of torque at 4200. Hennessey claims that’s good for 2.7 to 60 and is enough to put either ’Cat just into the nines, blasting through the traps in 9.9 seconds at 142 mph. After all, owing somebody a 10-second car went out of vogue shortly after 2001.

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In addition to the engine mods, the HPE1000s come with twin-turbo badging, a Hennessey rear badge, HPE1000 Powered by Hennessey badges on both sides and in the rear, a first-edition copy of the Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, and a Palawan stink badger in the throes of estrus. The last two items are lies. In the realm of things that are not lies or deemed badges, your HPE1000 also comes with an interior not-a-badge/plaque signed by John Hennessey and an engine-compartment plaque signed by the person who built your car. You’ll also receive a signed Certificate of Authenticity and a set of “Powered by Hennessey” floor mats.

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The twin snails, their extra boost, a before/after dyno chart, the rest of the upgrades, and all the branded additional content you’d ever possibly want costs $55,000 on top of the cost of the car itself, says Hennessey. It’s all backed by a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty over and beyond the one provided by Fiat-Chrysler. The rear tires, regrettably, do not. Whaddaya want? It is hell after all.

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So ... they boosted the engine even further ... and did eff-all to improve the brakes and handling. Why didn't they just strap a few JATOs to it.  Hennessey continues to fail to impress me. They could have done the same thing faster and better with a bottle of nitrous and not added the weight, or the new failure points.

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